The holiday season always provides a great reminder of what is important in our lives and directs us to make improvements in areas we neglected in the past such as focusing more on our family or taking our health more seriously.
No matter what the year threw at you, it’s important to remember that it’s not too late to make a healthy change and the holidays may be just the time to give yourself the gift of wellness and to start focusing on YOU! Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists organized 12 healthy habits, one for each day of the 12 days of Christmas, to help you have a healthy and happy holiday season!
On the 1st day of Christmas, Seattle Sutton said to me… “Clean out your refrigerator.”
Especially during the holidays, it seems our refrigerators fill up with all sorts of extra food and sweets. All these tempting items can be difficult to avoid and make it hard to stay on the path of healthy eating. Cleaning out the fridge will not only help to reduce these temptations but can also free up room for healthier staples.
Now’s the time to get rid of those high-fat, processed meats; sugar-sweetened beverages; and high-sodium convenience items like frozen pizza and TV dinners. We also recommend pitching anything expired or past its prime. Once you’ve cleaned out and made some extra space, it’s time to restock with items like nonfat milk, low-sugar yogurt, fresh fruits/vegetables, and lean proteins. If you can’t quite get rid of those special treats, move them to a less visible place, such as the crisper drawers or freezer. Having fresh, healthy foods more visible than tempting junk food will make it easier for you to choose those good-for-you items.
On the 2nd day of Christmas, Seattle Sutton said to me… “Start a walking routine.”